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Bernardin de St Pierre


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Bernardin de St Pierre : Paul et Virginie

'I began to read "Paul and Virginia" book that Mrs Braun brought here it is very pretty'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth (Betsey) Wynne      Print: Book


Bernardin de St Pierre : Paul et Virginie

'I read for the second time a novel that Madame de B. brought for us, "Paul and Virginia", that is charming, but though I was told I would weep many tears in reading it I did not shed a single one. I reread it thinking perhaps to have read it too fast the first time, but although the second time it did not interest me less than the first, it did not make me weep. It is of no use to say this is a sign of insensibility. If they will teach me to cry when I will and then everything will melt me and make me cry, for after all I am a woman as they are'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Eugenia Wynne      Print: Book


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